PHILADELPHIA, PA - At least five people were killed and dozens of people were injured when an Amtrak regional train 188 enroute from Washington, D. C. to New York Penn Station derailed in Philadelphia this evening shortly after 9:30 p.m.
The injured were transported to area Philadelphia hospitals including: Albert Einstein Hospital, Frankford Torresdale Hospital, Temple University Hospital and Hahnemann University Hospital. Amtrak officials say the manifest showed there 238 passengers and 5 crew onboard.
Philadelphia Fire Department responded to a 4 alarm call and found 6 passenger cars overturned. The engine was separated from the train at a distance. The scene was declared a level three mass causualty, according to Mayor Michael Nutter. Philadelphia Police, SEPTA, and Amtrak also responded.
Many passenger were able to walk off the train, according to the mayor. There were injuries throughout the train.
"It is a disasterous mess," said Nutter. "I have never seen anything like this in my life."
At least 50 people were transported to area hospitals, 6 in critical condition, 23 in less critical condition according to Fire Commissioner Derrick J. V. Sawyer.
Police used tournaquets on some of the derailment victims, according to a Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey.
The National Transportation Safety Board will have investigators on site in Wednesday morning.
The train was due to arrive at Penn Station at 10:34 p.m. The Northeast Corridor is shut down until the derailment is cleared.
Family members may call 1-800-523-9101 for more information about the passengers.